The internet has no shortage of travel inspiration lists… but how about the absolute best places of nature in the world?
Here’s your ultimate nature bucketlist with 17 of the prettiest places in the world…
1. Preikestolen, Norway
When I first saw a picture of Pulpit Rock (in English), my first question was “why have I not been here!?”… my second question was “when can I be here!?”. For just a 3-4 hour hike, these are some remarkable rewards.
2. Northern Lights, Northern Scandinavia
While there’s no guarantee you’ll see them if you come all this way, this perhaps just makes it all the more bucketlist worthy. This is likely to already be on your bucketlist, but perhaps this photo will lead you to place it further up the list.
3. Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand
The glowworms that light up Waitomo cave are unique to New Zealand and create a unique viewing opportunity… if pictures can truly tell a thousand words, I’ll leave it up to the above photo to convince you!
4. Banff National Park, Canada
6,641 kilomtres of untouched, pristine beauty in Canada’s oldest National Park. Anyone who ventures to Canada should undoubtedly have this one on their list.
5. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
It should come as no surprise that Perito Moreno is one of Argentina’s most popular attractions. How about that view!!!
6. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
When I went to Bolivia earlier this year and wasn’t able to make the trip to Uyuni, you could imagine the look of disappointment on my face when I realised I would be missing the very reason I travelled to this country in the first place. But alas, time is on my side… and Uyuni remains on my bucketlist.
7. Yosemite National Park, California, USA
If you live in the USA, you’ll hardly be surprised to learn some of the best National Parks are right there in your backyard. But arguably the best of these (though Yellowstone is similarly jaw dropping) is Yosemite in California. Regardless of the debate, Yosemite is a must at least once in your lifetime.
8. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
A UNESCO World Heritage site and Vietnam’s most popular tourist attraction, Ha Long Bay is as stunning in real life as the images portray. Just be sure to expect crowds (and lots of them), this destination has become a hot spot over recent years.
9. Angel Falls, Venezuala
Although quite out of the way, a trip to Angel Falls will be all the more special if you are really looking to get off the grid. Be sure to combine a visit with the Amazon and other locations in South America, one of the world’s less-explored regions.
(image: World of Wanderlust)
10. Torres Del Paine, Chile
Torres Del Paine in the South of Chile is one of the most hiked routes in the world – and it’s not hard to see why! The ‘W’ trek lasts 4 days and offers travellers some of the best scenery you will find the world over.
11. The Everglades, Florida, USA
The Everglades are a great day trip for visitors in Florida and will show you just how diverse and absolutely stunning this state is. Florida has much to explore beyond Miami, Orlando and indeed the Everglades, so take a slow pace on holiday here.
12. Jeita Grotto, Lebanon
These limestone caves span nearly 9 kilometres – complete bliss! Lebanon is one of the lesser travelled countries that has so much to offer travellers, so if you’re looking to get off the beaten path this is a great place to start.
13. Sơn Đoòng Cave, Vietnam
This is the biggest cave in the world. Can I just emphasise that once more –
IN THE WORLD.
14. Great Barrier Reef
Australia on the list? I’m sure it comes at no surprise. This country has some of the most natural, untouched scenery in the world – and there’s a lot of it! Australia is very sparsely populated and due to its’ isolated location, it’s still very undiscovered. To really enjoy your time here, plan for a minimum of 3-4 weeks.
15. Mount Everest, Nepal
If you’re into hiking or climbing, Nepal is your type of place. There are now more people than ever climbing to the Mt Everest base camp – so don’t expect the serenity you might have pictured from novels and autobiographies. But nonetheless, it is still one of the most beautiful scenic locations in the world.
16. Jiuzhaigou National Park, Sichuan Province, China
All the colours of nature merge together here in Jiuzhaigou National Park. This stunning scenery is so surreal that you’ll be left wondering how real reality is and whether your dreams are indeed even dreams. The closest town to the park is Songpan.
image: World of Wanderlust